Wintertime botanizing is definitely doable and often quite enjoyable. But for the most part it seems as though winter is a time of waiting: checking the trailing arbutus for buds, wandering down into Shakerag Hollow to catch a precocious hepatica bloom. Inside, we lavish our attention on an opulent amaryllis or a bright geranium blooming in a sunny window. Baseball great Rogers Hornsby is quoted as saying, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” It won’t be long now. After all, February is the shortest month of the year!


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